Ghanaian doctors perform heart surgery without opening patient’s
Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi have for the first time performed a successful heart surgery without opening the heart.
They successfully planted a pacemaker to help accelerate the heart-beat of the patient, a teenage girl who was suffering from a hole-in-heart.
It was the first time such a procedure was being used by local doctors in Ghana.
A normal human heart is expected to beat 60 times per minute but patients with a weak heartbeat have beats between 25 and 30 times per minute.
Through surgery, doctors normally plant a pacemaker, [which is a small device] in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms.
The device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Speaking after the successful operation, the Head of Nursing at KATH, Georgina Afua Sam said the feat achieved was made possible as a result of a collaboration between the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and a Chinese hospital, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital.
KATH and the Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital have a working Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is in the form of training, research and providing of equipment to help build the capacities of Ghanaian doctors.
About 10 doctors from KATH and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and some nurses have since been trained by the Chinese team.
During a demonstration by both the Chinese team and their Ghanaian counterparts at KATH, Dr Xie Yumei and another Ghanaian doctor, Amoah Dankwah, also did the first Percutaneous device closure on a teenage girl suffering from a hole-in-heart.
Similar to the pacemaker, the abnormality was corrected without cutting or ope